The Shadow was long believed to have debuted on radio as a program in its own right on September 26, 1937, on the Mutual Broadcasting System. But the character actually premiered in September 1931, on CBS, as part of the hourlong The Blue Coal Radio Revue (named for the show's sponsor), featuring Frank Readick - The Shadow announcer of Detective Stories - as The Shadow, and playing Sundays at 5:30 p.m. Eastern standard time. The stories also appeared on Thursday nights for a month, when Love Story Drama (another Street and Smith creation) took the Thursday-night slot - but also featured occasional portrayals of The Shadow.
This collection of The Shadow radio programs is the most complete collection io the market. It includes 282 shows.
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"Too Many Duplicates"
This compilation would have been made so much better had the back to back duplication of stories been cut out. Whoever did the editing/splicing of the various episodes did a horrible job. In at least 3 of the sections, most every episode was presented twice, one right after the other. This decreases the number of shows drastically from the 282 that were listed in the title.
Lamont Cranston and Margot Lane, the lead characters in the stories were always my favorites, but in listening to these over again, "Shrevvy", the cabby became a favorite of mine.
Orson Welles was only the lead for the first couple of seasons. He was followed by Bill Johnstone who really developed the character more. Welles, however, had the ability to switch his voice from his Cranston character to The Shadow in such a way that The Shadow was more mysterious and fitting to the title of the show.
My dislike for this series was not for the stories, or the audio quality, as I knew going in that audio recordings from the 1930s and 1940s were not going to be that great. It is more for the lack of quality editing/splicing of the shows together. There is no justification for multiple incidents of back to back plays of the same episode.
If you want to buy this outright, it is a steal for under $5. However, do NOT waste your monthly credit on this. It is not worth the monthly subscription fee of $14.95
"Glad it is available in Audible format"
I would recommend this because of the ease of listening to the individual stories. I like being able to bookmark where I left off which is not a feature available when downloading old time radio from the internet for free and either burning to disk or sticking on a lot of mp3s. I also like the way the overall collection is broken down into sets of the individual broadcasts. I would like to see a list of the episodes names in order be made available on this website under the tiles links and other information
The character of the Shadow lets us use our imagination when listening to the stories, The old time radio stories were written with the fact in mind that multiple people would be listening together.
"a good collection"
I was glad to get this. There were a lot of shows I didn't have. I have a few notes. Part there were several shows that were duplicated. I do not know if the duplications were deliberate or a mistake. I do wish that there were original air dates listed. This effects show contents. Some shows were written in, near, and during the world wars. Some shows were more Sci-Fi.
Surely, there is something that could be done to clean up the audio a bit
"Love this but..."
I love this series, however, several programs are repeated more than once. I expected 282 shows to be unique and not repeats.
Just like going back in time . I closed my eyes and it felt like I was listening to an old radio broadcast
"A bit disappointing"
The recordings started out ok but started repeating, some more than half a dozen times, and sometimes one right after the other. For the most part the quality was ok but some I didn't finish because I couldn't understand them. Yes I know they're old. I did enjoy the stories I could understand. Just be aware that even though it says 190 stories, there is a lot of repetition.
"Great company while I am at work or at home❣"
Really enjoy radio shows from the 30s, 40s & 50's. Makes my days go quicker & I learn more about the history of radio❤️
"Voices sometimes very hard to understand."
I have elsewhere heard segments that have been cleaned up much better than this collection, where I could understand "calm" voices without turning the volume up to painful levels. Orson Welles enunciated pretty well but even he comes across mumbly in some washes of sound artifacting. Isn't modern technology able to do a little better?
Between that and the "Margo pleads for Lamont to not do the thing; Lamont does the thing; the police fume" formula of nearly every episode so far, I get too sleepy to continue but cannot use the series as background noise for sleeping. I remember the printed stories by Walter Gibson being much more inventive. Since he was involved in creating the radio plays, I guess I expected something similar.
The sound quality is very inconsistent, ranging from fantastic to barely understandable from episode to episode. But, beyond that, this set contains some real genuine gems including episodes from the often forgotten Australian radio production of The Shadow. For real Shadow fans it is worth the few dollars and the digging between episodes for the treasures in this set!
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